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Newport 30 MKlll
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Description: Newport 30 MKlll
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Mon August 23, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Gary Mull Design, Large interier space.
Great week end boat.
Good 6 knt boat.
Helm is best when balanced with sails.
Points well, like winds 5-15 knts best.
Slow in light air.
very similar to but a litter bigger and faster than a C-30
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Review Date: Tue June 6, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Good overall boat, I've had no problems except a blister peel which is still drying after 8 months even as I type this. Bought it new in 82 and still have it. Haven't seen another thats affordable that is any better for my needs. Roomy, comfortable. If rigged for it, easy to singlehand or double hand.
Two cylinder Universal diesel (marinized Kubota tractor engine) is super reliable but is noisy and shakes the whole boat. Conversations when under power must be shouted.
I'm tall, so I really enjoy the few extra inches of headroom and the berths that are long enough. Feet don't collide in the Vee berth. I race her and do reasonably well in a no flying sails class. She doesn't do too well when the wind is under 3 knots true but give me 10 knots and she's good on any heading but especially good to weather and always comfortable. On 10-15 knots she tacks through 85-90 degrees. At 18 knots and above she's a hard mouthed bitch with lots of weatherhelm and a a very very heavy helm which comes on suddenly in the gusts. When a breeze of or above 20 is coming, reef early and deeply . I've sailed upwind (at least sort of upwind on average) when the true wind was 40 knots with only a working jib up but it was touch and go with near loss of control. almost uncontrollable weather helm in the 50 knot gusts and almost uncontrollable lee hem in the 30 knot lulls. I'm designing and building a new rudder to replace the unbalanced factory rudder design with one having more area ahead of the shaft to ease the heavy helm. We've added a propane stove (to replace the original alcohol stove) and catalytic propane radiant heat cabin heater (exhausted to the exterior) for our Pacific Northwest winters and we cruise and race year around.
I'd not want to take her offshore for an extended blue water cruise. She has the necessary storage and tankage quantities (but not qualities) and she's suceptible to being capsized by high velocity jets of water cascading down the face of a breaking wave and then staying upside down. Also, since she's so wide at the waterline, she has a quick motion in the waves which would just beat me to death offshore. But for inshore cruising between Puget Sound and Alaska (Inland Passage with waves over 8 foot unlikeley and good stopping places scattered along the route) she's ideal.
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navtron
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Registered: November 2000
Posts: 62
Review Date: Sat March 3, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The wide beam (10.6) keeps the vessel from heeling over wildly in major gusts..The Newport gives a big boat feel and ride for her size. The hull plugs removed to install Knot and Depth transducers shows the hull thickness(approx1") at the aft is thicker...by glassing the inner hull to outer hull in all areas you can get to will stiffen the vessel...Have sailed her to Bermuda, Bahamas, and up and down the East Coast offshore...have been in Major Major blows...Plus the Election Day Storms off Virgina...Have been knocked down faces of waves with white water filling cockpit.My crew knows the boat and feel safe.
On a run from Cuttyhunk to Block Island R.I. the winds built to 45kts from the south, waves got very steep...some breaking...with only the 110% up the vessel would lay on its starboard side at 1/2 to 1 kts till the wave would come close blocking most of the wind, the Newport would then sit up and accelerate and fly...we would stay in the trough as long as possible then cut and pop up the wave like a wind surfer...at times the top of the wave would break under the boat giving it a kick, but with the deep draft of 5'2" she cut right over and then lie on side til the next wave came close..I recommend this boat to anyone..she takes it all..gelcoat great and large interior comfortable sailing
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Review Date: Mon July 15, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We purchased the "Addiction" in 2000 for family cruising. We wanted a safe, comfortable boat with great value. We found it! She has been able to handle all the wild conditions of the bay and done it well. We reef early when the wind starts hitting 20 and the weather helm is not that bad. We have been to the Delta for five days and she did a great job. We hope to sail to Monterey next year. Flying the spinnaker has been great too. For more info on our Newport and sailing, please visit our website at: http://addiction30.tripod.com/
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z00dles
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Registered: February 2003
Location: Pacific NorthWest
Posts: 1
Review Date: Tue March 23, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We've owned this boat for exactly one year and find that it is the best value in the used boat market that we've experienced. (Have previously owned Columbia26, Spencer31 and Crown34). We were originally shopping for a Catalina 30 but after viewing a dozen or more we came across the Newport and have found that it sails better, has equal volume interior with much nicer finish and look better overall.
I would highly recommend a well-maintained used Newport to anyone seeking a fast and comfortable coastal cruiser/club racer.
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sailhagg
Galley Goddess

Registered: February 2007
Location: Oregon
Posts: 91
Review Date: Wed February 21, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Big boat feel with great storage
Cons: Wiring stinks

This is a great boat for the river. She's large enough for a small family and small enough that we're not tacking constantly.

We needed to fix ours up a bit when we got her and the wiring was without a doubt the biggest issue. Happy to say the gauges now all work! There's lots of storage for a boat this size, the galley is more than hip wide and the cockpit is large enough for sundowners. I appreciate the nav set up (slide away) and the head is not so small you can't bend over.

Ours is set up to single hand and quite easy for me alone. Our last sailboat was quick to heel over and very jerky during a jibe, this one is so smooth and graceful she's a joy. We are thinking of blue water and are considering keeping this one for later and having a second for the big blue. Hummm... everyone has 4 boats, right?

We just had the bottom painted and no blisters were found. We've installed a new cabin heater, much needed in the Pacific Northwest, so she'll be toasty come spring. I appreciate the teak inside which gives a classic look and feel. We have hot and pressurized water, CNG for cooking and a refer. Which makes for a happy galley goddess and a well fed crew.

I would reccomend this boat for rivers, lakes and inland waters. It's a great couples boat and works well for small families too, very comfortable for 4, I think 6 would be pushing it. The deck is wide enough to move comfortably around on while under sail, good visibility from the helm and while the Universial motor could be more powerful it has been quite dependable.

Fast and fun/safe and stable. Can't ask for more! Find a well kept one but don't wait to buy, the good ones go quick!
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ggorbach
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Registered: January 2006
Posts: 2
Review Date: Sat February 24, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
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I have owned my boat for 3 years now and have been very happy. It is fairly stiff and stands up to the winds on SF Bay. It is faster than a Catalina 30. Mine has a 3 cylinder Universal (Kubota) which runs nice and smooth and is not too loud. I have all the lines run back and bought a used assymetrical for light air. Just hauled it for the first time in 3 years- not a blister in sight. All in all, I couldn't be happier. I had a masthead sheave break and they are not any standard size but that's the only real problem I've had
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